expected face by Katherine Young

A composer, teacher and bassoonist based in Atlanta, Katherine's piece is about navigating and processing the realities of a relationship unraveling during this strange time of quarantine and confinement.

Music by: Katherine Young

Text by: A. Martinez

Soprano: Emily Scott

Piano: Stephen Karr



The Longest Improvisation (excerpts used)

Meaning had fallen off

the words.

I peered into

bathroom mirror through hesitant steam,

wiped away

to expose

an expected face, different.

The mattress began to cup

my body like a soft coffin, in the stillest

moment of morning


the longest improvisation, we

lie together, cadavers. A map.

An empty dawn congeals

above humidifier, hum and ire.


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